SPECULATING ABOUT GOD, IS IT NESESSARY?
Recently, we listen to a clergy trying to assure us that there is a God. I, too, engaged in speculation about God in a 30 minutes sermon. It has been an endless quest. Like Philip, we too, asked, “Lord, show us the Father (God) and that will be enough for us”(Jn.14: 8). Jesus’ answer was, “Anyone that has seen me has seen the Father”(Jn.14: 9). Jesus had faith in mind. “Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (Jn.14: 1). This, to me, means stop speculating, start trusting.
We, like the Writer to the Hebrews, depend on faith to satisfy our need to trust in God (Heb.11: 6). Faith is essential to trust the Bible and its messengers (Heb.1: 1-3). The witnesses also believed they had an encounter with God via angels, dreams, visions and appearances in human forms (Ge.18). Creation, itself, could not be explained but as a product of a Mighty Being (Ps.19: 1). The Flood, the Exodus and individual miracles had to be related to God’s active presence in the world. It is their faith that has led and motivated us to likewise believe in God, the Creator. We trust them for being right so we too can be right. The ability to trust in their message is also being induced by God (Jn.17: 20). We, too, become a basis of faith for others. It should concern us greatly where our footprints lead those that follow us?
The people in the Bible had only bits and pieces to go on. Man is not capable of facing or understanding all of God (Ex.33: 19-23). God is Spirit and man is flesh but alive because of God’s breath (Jn.4: 24; Gen.2: 7). It is the Spirit of God that communicates with the spirit within a person’s conscience as to what is right or wrong (Ro.8: 16; 9: 1). Every person has the same inherency to open his/her heart to what he/she wants to believe God is saying. Even the atheist is not exempt from what is right or wrong because of his/her conscience (Ro.2: 15). Adam instantly realized that he had not managed his life accurately. His conscience heard clearly the voice of God (Gen.3: 8-13). The Writer was not dealing with God, but with Adam’s failure to manage his affairs. Hereinafter, it is not about God, but about man keeping him from dooming himself. Henceforth, all the bits of information that heaven passed down in mysterious ways were for man’s benefit. And that was how the inspirations from heaven were understood. Unfortunately, only a handful of people put their faith in these messages from heaven.
The Bible is rather specific about the times when God had to direct man via some disclosure. Most of the time, for desperate events, God commissioned leaders to lead that were willing to trust in Him. He filled them with His Spirit and substantiated it with deeds and miracles. Some of these were Noah, Abraham, Moses, the Judges, the Prophets, Jesus, John, Luther and many others. Their concerns were not about God, but about man headed in the wrong direction. The Flood, the Exodus and Calvary were the crucial saving events of humanity that called for leaders with superb trust in a Mighty God above all gods. These also were the leaders man was told he must follow and obey. Moses and the Law (Ten Commandments) became the blueprint for a new nation under God. Jesus reaffirmed the same intentions (Mt.5: 17-18). Face it man! Man could not, cannot and will not survive without the Creator’s direction. And the U.S.A. is solid proof of a nation no longer under God. Like Israel under Moses, we too are slaves to the golden calf (Ex. 32).
Moses had one more lesson for us and so did Jesus. Moses wanted to know who God was and God informed him that it was not his job to speculate, but to go and deliver Israel from Pharaoh. God would let him know how to do it. He would also show Moses what the people would need when they become a nation; namely, the Law. God became known as their deliverer and guide. Israel was to become a nation that other nations could copy. Instead, it abandoned God’s direction and became like other nations (I Sam. 8). It swayed back and forth until the birth of Jesus the Christ. He proclaimed that Israel would be dissolved and a new people would become a kingdom that was not of this world and that it was the doing of His Heavenly Father (Mt.24: 2; Jn.18: 36; 3:16).
Like Moses in Egypt, Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of Israel that were misguided by their religious leaders (Mt.15: 24). Their tradition had replaced the Law of God (Mt.15: 2-6), and Jesus had come to restore it (Mt.5: 17-18). When only a small remnant of Jews believed that Jesus was the Prophet Moses had predicted (Deut.18: 150), God began to draw all men to His Son (Jn.12: 20-32). The God of Jesus was a loving and forgiving heavenly Father of all people (Mt.6: 14-15). He had a Son and He wanted more children like Him (Jn. 1: 11). God is deliberately patient with man, giving him a chance to repent, so he would not perish (II Pe.3: 9). And that is all man really needs to know about God. Jesus asked the question, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mk.8: 36). And of all the witnesses that point the way to salvation, Jesus is the best and the most trustworthy of all (Jn14: 6). He, in Person, knew the way back to God.